Earlier today we told you Kentucky will be playing Morehead State in a special exhibition game for charity on October 30.
UK has since released more details on the game and we now know it is the inaugural “Kentucky Cares Classic” to raise funds for those affected by the devastating hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico and wildfires in California:
“People around our country are facing some trying and tragic circumstances,” Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “I am thankful for the leadership of John Calipari and our men’s basketball program and the partnership of Morehead State in putting this game together to make a small but important impact. I look forward to seeing the members of the Big Blue Nation unite behind their Wildcats, as they always do.”
Net proceeds from the game will go to Team Rubicon, a non-government 501(c)(3) organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon is currently active in Florida in response to hurricanes in Florida and Puerto Rico and is soon to begin work in response to wildfires in California.
“I want to thank Morehead State and its staff for coming together on this so quickly,” Calipari said. “This was an opportunity for us to do some good that we just couldn’t pass up. With everything that’s happened in and around our country the last couple of months, I felt like we needed to do more to give back and make an impact on the countless number of people who have suffered at the hands of the recent natural disasters.”
The game WILL NOT BE TELEVISED, so you will only be able to see it if you buy a ticket, which will go on sale Friday at 10 am online at Ticketmaster.com and by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Fans may also purchase in person at the Rupp Arena box office. Tickets will range from $10 to $100 with net proceeds going to victims of the recent natural disasters. A full breakdown of the ticket pricing is below:
- Lower premium – $100
- Lower sideline – $50
- Lower corner/end – $30
- 200-Level sideline (first 12 rows) — $20
- 200-Level standard — $10
Season ticket holders and UK students will have access to a special pre-sale that begins on Thursday at 10 am and runs through 10 pm online on Ticketmaster.
The UK Sports Network will broadcast the radio call of the game.